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  • On Jun 26, 2024
    Matthew from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am staying at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace in the Disney Springs Area in the fall. With upcoming changes to the Lightning Lane system by then, will I be able to reserve lightning lanes 7 days in advance?

    Welcome to planDisney, Matthew!

    Thanks for stopping by as you dream about your fantastic fall escape to the Most Magical Place on Earth. I'd be happy to review upcoming changes to the Lightning Lane reservation process and how they will work with your stay.

    As a Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Palace guest, you are eligible for select Walt Disney World perks, like Early Theme Park Entry; however, the 7-day advance Lightning Lane booking window does not extend to the Disney Springs Area Resort Hotels. You can purchase Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Lightning Lane Single Pass as early as 7 AM, three days before your first theme park visit. Guest of hotels in the Disney Resorts Collection, Shades of Green, the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, and the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel can begin making Lightning Lane reservations seven days from their check-in date.

    I hope this is helpful, Matthew. If you decide not to purchase Lightning Lane Multi Pass or Lightning Lane Single Pass, other strategies exist to minimize long waits during your vacation. Instead of buying access to Lightning Lanes, my family prefers to arrive before the parks open and experience the most popular attractions early when standby lines are still short. Take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry if you're an early riser. We also use complimentary Virtual Queues for TRON Lightcycle/Run and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (all Guests, regardless of resort, can request to join Virtual Queues at 7 AM on the day of their visit). If you're not interested in evening entertainment, consider riding attractions while Guests line up for Fantasmic!, at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom Park, and Luminous The Symphony of Us at EPCOT. Finally, Cast Members typically permit you to enter an attraction queue right up until the theme park closes. If Magic Kingdom Park closes at 10:00, 9:55 is a great time to hop in line for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!

    Thanks for sending your question our way, and as your trip approaches, don't hesitate to reach out again if there's anything else we can do to make it even more special. Best wishes for a memorable getaway, and have a magical day!

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